Fri, Oct. 18

Verde Valley men accused of robbing <br>woman at knifepoint, fleeing up canyon

Two Verde Valley men are in Coconino County Jail following an afternoon car chase up the switchbacks in Oak Creek Canyon after allegedly robbing a Village of Oak Creek woman at knifepoint.

Alberto Diaz Vasquez of Cottonwood and Jorge Aguilar Quidera of Lake Montezuma face charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, endangerment and armed robbery.

According to the Yavapai County Sherrif’s Office report, just before 2 p.m. Thursday a 55-year-old VOC resident answered her front door and was allegedly met at knifepoint by Vasquez and Quidera. The two forced the victim inside her home and repeatedly asked her for cash, which she did not have. After becoming frustrated the men tied up the woman and moved her to the bathroom. The suspects then reportedly hijacked the victim’s gold 1999 Ford Expedition.

After the suspects fled, the woman escaped, ran to her neighbor’s house where they called 911. At 2 p.m. a Department of Public Safety officer spotted the vehicle northbound on Arizona 89A, just north of the switchbacks in Oak Creek Canyon near Flagstaff. After the suspects avoided tire-deflation spikes south of Fort Tuthill, Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputies north of University Heights deployed a second set.

Once all four tires of the Explorer were deflated the suspects attempted to enter the residential area of University Heights when a DPS officer forced their vehicle off the road.

Vasquez and Quidera fled on foot but were later apprehended after a short chase without incident by local officers.

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